India as a Source Country for Drugs in South Asia

According to data released by criminal justice programs, India is a main supplier of illegal narcotics to countries in South Asia. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) reported that drugs and ingredients from India’s pharmaceutical industry is diverted to the black market. The illicit pharmaceutical pills are either trafficked domestically or smuggled on to the… Continue reading India as a Source Country for Drugs in South Asia

Drug Trafficking Arrests in Nepal

In 2013, security services in Nepal arrested 129 people who were foreign nationals within the country who were trafficking drugs. The Nepalese Narcotics Bureau state that a large portion of the drugs used within the country takes place by foreign tourists visiting Katmandu, with the primary drug used being marijuana. During the year, government security… Continue reading Drug Trafficking Arrests in Nepal

Drug Trafficking in India by Foreigners

Between 2009 and 2012, security services in India arrested 820 foreign nationals for drug trafficking crimes. Nearly 80 percent of those arrested came from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal and Nigeria. In the four year time period, data from criminal justice programs shows that 224 Nepalis were arrested for drug trafficking in India, followed by 191 Nigerians,… Continue reading Drug Trafficking in India by Foreigners

Smuggled Gold Seized in Nepal in First Six Months of 2013

In the first six months of 2013, police in Nepal seized 69 kilograms of gold. Most of the gold was smuggled into the country from Tibet, with the final destination of India. In all of 2012, police seized 18 kilograms of gold in Nepal. Security agencies believe that only 10 percent of the gold smuggled… Continue reading Smuggled Gold Seized in Nepal in First Six Months of 2013

Female Indentured Servants in Nepal as of 2013

The President of the Nepal Youth Foundation estimates that as of June 2013, there are around 500 girls who are trapped as indentured servants in Nepal. The organization reported that they have rescued 12.500 girls from what is called kamlari in the country. Source:  Rob Verger, “Protecting Nepal’s Vulnerable Girls,” Daily Beast, June 12, 2013.

Human Trafficking Victims in Nepal

According to a study by the International Labor Organization, there are between 12,000 to 15,000 women who fall victim to human trafficking in Nepal each year. Out of the total estimated number of victims, no more than 180 cases of human trafficking is reported in the country each year. It was previously reported that human… Continue reading Human Trafficking Victims in Nepal

Human Trafficking Cases at Kathmandu Airport

Police stationed at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal handled 43 cases of human trafficking between September 2012 to May 2013. The traffickers have been using tourist visas to send women to countries such as Tanzania, Iraq, India and various countries in the Gulf. (More security issues in Nepal.) Source:  “Human trafficking continues unabated,” Himalayan… Continue reading Human Trafficking Cases at Kathmandu Airport

Marijuana Seizures in Nepal in 2012

The Nepalese Narcotics Control Bureau reported statistics that showed police in the country seized 47 tonnes of cannabis in 2012. The amount of cannabis seized in 2012 was nearly 30 percent higher than the previous year. Along with marijuana, heroin and opium from Afghanistan and Pakistan has been smuggled into Nepal on its way to… Continue reading Marijuana Seizures in Nepal in 2012

Price of a Black Market Passport from Nepal

The cost to buy a Nepali passport on the black market is reported to be $1,740 (150,000 Nepali Rupee). If a legitimate visa is included with the fake passport, then the price rises to $6,961 (600,000 Rupees). The passports are reportedly bought by Bangladeshi nationals who use it to increase their chances of obtain employment.… Continue reading Price of a Black Market Passport from Nepal